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President Obama as he sometimes does took -- to Republicans this week over immigration and unemployment compensation to name just two issues -- Republican reaction.
Which -- to senator Jim -- who joins us from his home state of South Carolina -- welcome happy fourth of July thanks for joining us on FOX News Sunday.
Well major it's not only America's birthday and my daughter ginger was born on the fourth so I want to wish her happy birthday today and a very happy birthday to ginger.
Senator events you or Republican Party national chairman Michael Steele said something or this week in Connecticut I'd like to you to listen to first and I'll get your valuation.
We were on the Fox News.
The war Michael Steele was referring to senator is the war in Afghanistan.
Serve many Republicans.
Some in congress Tom Cole Duncan Hunter have called for the chairman of the Republican national committee to resign -- his remarks.
-- chairman Steele needs to apologize to our military -- all the men and women who have been fighting in Afghanistan this is America's war.
It's not Obama's war he needs to refocus on electing candidates who can stop this rampage of spending and debt in Washington.
Whether or not he resigns I think -- up to other people than me but I need to see him focus on this November election which is important.
Because the Democrat party is running our country in a ditch with the economy our job situation of -- situation.
We need -- chairman who's focused.
Other than an apology do you find something offensive about the what many have called.
Anti historical nature of this to me not only with the war prosecuted under President Bush for the war came to us the nine elevenths.
Well I do I think everyone.
That means it's unacceptable.
Careless comment obviously an -- inaccurate.
And this is America's war what we're in Afghanistan because they attacked us.
And it's a war is Joe Lieberman said earlier we've got to win we've got to get rid of this arbitrary deadline that sends a signal we're not committed.
If this is a war we can land and we must win.
On -- move on what the president said today it.
But said this weekend rather about unemployment compensation here -- the president talking in his weekly radio address about the fight over that issue.
-- majority of senators support taking these steps to help the American people.
-- -- playing the same old Washington games and using the power hold this belief hostage.
Republican filibuster in the Senate as you well know senator demand is holding up and has held up for four straight times unemployment compensation extension I know -- Republicans want that offset with spending cuts.
Unemployment continues to rage in this country millions of Americans are gonna -- unemployment benefits tens of thousands of South Carolina will lose them.
Because -- unemployment rate is actually higher than the national unemployment rate.
Senator meant don't those folks deserve some help -- extended help and all Republicans going to an offer anyway.
Assistance the president to get that done.
Major what we can help people -- bankrupting our country and and that is apparently what the Democrats intend to do this is their fourth year.
In complete control of congress.
And we have suggested and voted on several times.
And -- unemployment extension that would be paid for by taking money from the failed stimulus program or other programs.
But the Democrats saying committed that -- -- this money to our debt.
Which is something future Americans will have to pay for so they're playing the politics with this game I mean -- with this whole big issue.
And Republicans want to extend these benefits so it's a showdown.
Of philosophy here in Washington do we add this to the debt.
And bankrupt our country -- -- we work together to pay for this in a way that won't put the burden on the next generation.
But senator is that true the Democrats have more votes than Republicans do for this philosophical clash of have a -- four times you're not gonna win and you're not gonna resolve and it doesn't seem -- you.
But there are innocent Americans trapped in the middle this philosophical debate that's not going to be resolved.
And they're the ones between now and mid term elections we're gonna suffer.
But the Democrats are losing some Democrat votes on this too because.
They're hearing what I'm hearing all over the country is America is tired of the spending the barring the debt.
The government takeovers.
They want us to show some discipline maybe there's nothing compassion about a senator voting for a new spending bill and then not having the courage to pay for.
By taking money from some other wasteful program that's clearly not working.
The president has spent nearly a trillion dollars on his government growth program that he called a stimulus.
They're still unspent money there and if we need to show compassion which I believe we do.
We need to pay for that in a way that doesn't burden future generations and I think most Americans agree Willis and increasingly even the Democrats agree with us.
Let's turn out immigration senator the president delivered his first full blown speech on the topic of immigration reform earlier this week and he talked about -- -- -- -- -- -- Reform the brings accountability to our immigration system cannot pass without Republican votes.
That is the political.
And mathematical reality that.
You know senator very well that might.
Daytime zip code is over at the White House like here from White House officials with some regularity and one of the things they argue is -- Republicans were genuinely serious about border control.
Improving employee relationships and that is to say.
Blocking illegals from working here in America they would get on board with the president's call.
A wide ranging immigration reform and the fact that you don't.
Ought to in the public mind undercut their credibility in your willingness.
To and your commitment to border security does it.
Major we need to be clear here what -- talking about when he says comprehensive reform what he's talking about is an amnesty.
In voting rights for those who came here illegally.
I don't think we can.
But reform our immigration policy about rewarding those who came here illegally.
I know we tried to do things as Republicans of interest -- to build a complete the -- The Border Patrol tells us where we have double layer fencing we're able.
To stop almost completely.
A lot of the flow of not just illegal workers but drugs and arms and human smuggling.
And the president has refused to secure our border and there's others have said.
He is holding border security hostage to his political agenda.
And this is a serious problem -- states like Arizona I have to take matters in their own hands because -- people are being kidnapped and murdered.
The president is the one who's playing politics with this we need to secure our borders first.
There's no reason to even talk about on immigration plan if we can't control who's coming and going and our country.
This is a dangerous situation the president is playing politics because the Democrats want more votes they want more union members.
And this is pretty clear -- who's organizing the whole effort.
To promote amnesty among those who came here illegally.
-- -- -- very quickly your Republican colleague Lindsey Graham was quoted in this morning Sunday New York Times magazine saying he doesn't believe the tea -- going to last because it doesn't have a philosophy to govern.
How irritated are you -- to hear that from Lindsey Graham when you of course have financially backed many Tea Party candidates and -- identified with its.
Particular approach to political philosophy.
Well Lindsay is a great friend but he's wrong on -- so we're gonna see in November Americans step up not just those who call themselves.
Tea Party members.
The Tea Party is just the tip of the iceberg of an American awakening of people who are standing -- they wanna take back their government.
It's not a matter of right or left or conservative -- liberal.
It's really matter about success or failure as a country and I think Americans are gonna show in November that this didn't go away.
Senator meant south Carolina Republican thank you very much for your time -- this happy fourth of July happy fourth of July to you.
And up next -- the chairman of the republic.
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